James Tysinger, who represented northern DeKalb County in the state Senate for three decades, died at his home Feb. 12. He was 91.

Loretta Tysinger, his widow, said the lifelong Republican was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Tysinger first was elected to the state Senate in 1968. He remained in the Senate until 1998.

Before his election to the Senate, he was a member of the final city council of the city of North Atlanta, a city that went out of business in 1965. That city was located in a portion of what has become the new city of Brookhaven.

Tysinger was born in North Carolina and came to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech. He graduated with degrees in electrical engineering and industrial management, according state legislative archives.

Retired state Sen. Jim Tysinger in the library at his home in Brookhaven.

Tysinger helped build Georgia’s Republican Party.  In a recent interview, he said that when he took office, there were only six Republicans in the Legislature. He and other members organized a regular Saturday morning discussion group, The Sen. Jim Tysinger DeKalb Breakfast Forum, which still meets.

The funeral has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mt. Vernon Rd in Dunwoody.

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